Staff listing

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School Executive

Dean of Law
Professor Jenni Lightowlers

Deputy Dean of Law
Associate Professor Marilyn McMahon 

Director of Research
Professor Dan Meagher

Director of HDR
Dr Shiri Krebs

Director of Teaching and Learning
Dr Jason Taliadoros

Associate Director of Teaching and Learning
Karen Powell

Academic coordinators


Director, Bachelor of Law (LLB)

Dr Sharon Erbacher
Deputy Director, Bachelor of Law (LLB)
Patricia Perlen

Director, Juris Doctor (JD)

Dr Gabrielle Wolf
Director, Master of Laws (LLM)
Dr John Morss
Director, Master of Professional Accounting and Law (MPAL)
Dr Zehra Gulay Kavame Eroglu
Director, Master of Legal Studies (MLS)
Dr Jason Taliadoros
Director, Master of Laws (Major Thesis)
Dr Josh Newton
Director International
Professor Jean du Plessis 
Co-ordinator - Recognition of prior learning
Kelly Green


Jean du Plessis   
Felicity Gerry, QC
Sandeep Gopalan
Matthew Groves
Samantha Hepburn
Jenni Lightowlers
Marilyn McMahon
Dan Meagher
Danuta Mendelson

Associate professors

Associate Professor
Elizabeth Adeney      
Associate Professor
Theo Alexander
Associate Professor
Sonia Allan
Associate Professor
Pieter Badenhorst    
Associate Professor
Neera Bhatia 
Associate Professor
Gabrielle Wolf

Senior lecturers


Associate lecturers

Teaching scholars

Clinical solicitors

Administrative staff

Law Librarian

Michelle Bendall (Melbourne Burwood Campus)

Current HDR students

P = Principal
A = Associate

NAmePhD topicSupervisor
Stephanos AlevrasSolvency, Liquidty and Capital Maintenance: Australian Reform in International ContextProf Jean Du Plessis (P)

Prof Gill North (A) 
Dakshina ChandraGlobal metamorphosis of legal servicesProf Sandeep Gopalan (P)

Dr Claudio Bozzi (A)
Vivek ChandraEnergy Resources in Disputed Regions: Evaluation of International Law and Recommendations for South China SeaDr John Morss (P) 

Dr Claudio Bozzi (A) 

A/Prof Pieter Badenhorst (A)
Yin ChenA Study on Corporate Social Responsibility in the Chinese ContextProf du Plessis (P)

Dr Firew Tiba (A) 
Kelly GreenToward a Cohesive Theory of Publisher Liability for Online DefamationDr Sharon Erbacher (P)
Dr Jason Taliadoros (A)
Katrina HoganCreating an Australian Framework to Nurture Conscious Capitalism OffshoreProf Sandeep Gopalan (P)
Prof John Du Plessis (A)
Sharon KelseyIs the Prevalence of Domestic Violence Evidence of a Breach of Due Diligence Obligations Under International Law?Dr Marilyn McMahon (P)

Dr John Morss (A)
Paul McGorreryCriminalising Psychological HarmsA/Prof Marilyn McMahon (P) 

A/Prof Samantha Hepburn (A) 

Dr Kelley Burton (A)
George NeophytouCyber Law - Social Media Law and EconomicsProf Danuta Mendelson (P) 

Dr Andrew Torre (A) 

Dr Jason Taliadoros (A)
Carol Anne NewlandsThe Role of the Medical Panels in VictoriaProf Danuta Mendelson (P) 

Dr Jason Taliadoros (A) 
Athula PathinayakeSeeking Alternatives to PrisonProf Sandeep Gopalan (P) 

A/Prof Marilyn McMahon (A)

Dr Elizabeth Kirley (A)
Krystyne PniewskiRecidivism and Prisoner Rehabilitation: Historical Attempts and Current SuccessesA/Prof Marilyn McMahon (P) 
Richard James PolkinghornRetrospective Study of Applications Made to Victorian Civil & Administrative TribunalProf Danuta Mendelson (P) 

Dr Jason Taliadoros (A)
George Douglas RaittMisuse of Market Power and the Hypothetical Competitive Market StandardProf Danuta Mendelson (P) 

Dr Andrew Torre (A) 
Lisa RogersThe International Legal Framework for Intangible Cultural HeritageDr Jason Taliadoros (P)
Apurva SharmaCorporate Profit and Purpose Discourse: Benefit Corporation Legislation in Australian Corporate LawProf Sandeep Gopalan (P) 

Prof Gill North (A)
Melanie TanOptimising and Balancing the Protection of Rights in Medical NegligenceProf Danuta Mendelson (P) 

Ivan Hare (A)
Siyu Christina TaoAssessment and Theories of China's Compliance with WTO in Financial ServicesProf Sandeep Gopalan (P)

A/Prof Samantha Hepburn (A)
Edwin TongoiMobile Financial Services: Regulatory Responses Australia, Kenya and South AfricaProf John Du Plessis (A)

Dr Elizabeth Kirley (A)
Cam TruongHow Effective Has Trade Practices Laws Been in Australia?Dr Sharon Erbacher (P) 

Dr Bas Baskaran (A)
Mark Thomas TurkingtonThe Role of the Financial Institution in the FATF Regime.
Prof John Du Plessis (P)
Leon WolffHow Does Law Matter in Japan?Prof Gill North (P) 

Dr Oscar Roos (A)
Lidia XynasClimate Change Mitigation - Taxation is the preferred approachProf Jean du Plessis (P) 

Dr Paul Kenny (A)
Syeda Rafia ZamanClimate Change and Migration: Finding a Solution through Public Interest LitigationDr Claudio Bozzi (P) 

Dr John Morss (A)

Adjunct academics